WHAT WE DO
Our goal is to ensure healthy births, enhance family stability and promote self-sufficiency.
|100% of CHC's mothers received prenatal care.
||Nationally, only 85% receive prenatal care.
|Only 2% of CHC's mothers gave birth to low-birth-weight babies.
||Nationally, 10% of babies are low-birth-weight.
|Only 2% of CHC's births are preterm.
||Nationally, 13% of births are preterm.
|The CHC repeat pregnancy rate is 2%.
||Nationally, the repeat pregnancy rate is 25%.
|CHC's graduation rate is 94%.
||Nationally, only 25% of teen mothers complete school. Teen fathers are 3 times more likely to drop out of school.
Each year, more than 1,300 teen girls in Bucks & Montgomery Counties become pregnant
- Half will give birth
- One in four of these new young mothers will drop out of high school
- More than half of the fathers of these babies are involved
- Many of the babies will not receive the healthcare, stimulation and emotional bonding they need to develop and thrive
- By the time the young parents reach 24, about 30% will be unemployed or working at a low wage job
CHC's clients come from all backgrounds: representing a diverse group of education and economic status as well as races.
We provide programs with Abington Hospital, Doylestown Hospital, Grand View Hospital, Lower Bucks Hospital, Montgomery County Human Services Center, Mother Bachmann Maternity Center, North Penn Visiting Nurse Association, Pottstown Medical Center and St. Mary Medical Center.
Cost to Community
Without proper education, advocacy and support teen parents will have a significantly higher chance of using the social welfare system – cash assistance, food stamps, subsidized housing and involvement with Children & Youth protective services.
Empowering and educating these young people will make them more likely to stay in school and graduate, find employment with good benefits, prepare their children for school and become productive members of the community.
CHC sponsors free childbirth classes, support groups, career counseling and other advocacy services to teens throughout Bucks & Montgomery Counties at dozens of locations. Through a practical and direct approach, this program brings the following to our community:
- Education of pregnant teens to help prevent recurring pregnancies
- Support for pregnant teens to complete their high school program/GED and develop job skills to overcome barriers to employment to secure stable employment at a living wage
- Education of teen parents regarding preventive health practices to prevent costly medical problems
- Education of adolescent parents regarding basic family skills so that their children will be able to enter school ready to learn
We work extensively with Bensalem, Bristol Borough, Bristol Township, BC Vocational High School, Centennial, Central Bucks, Council Rock, Morrisville, Neshaminy, Norristown, Pennridge, Pennsbury, Perk Valley, Pottstown and Souderton School Districts.
In FY 2012-13, CHC provided:
- Childbirth education classes and support to 678 young parents
- In-school counseling, support, case management and advocacy to 187 teen parents
- Facilitated teen pregnancy prevention programs to 3,630 students throughout high schools in Bucks & Montgomery Counties
- High school graduation rate of 94%
- It has been a very long time since we last spoke but I hope all is well. As for my son & myself, we are doing pretty well. He is now 5 years and in kindergarten, I am now 21 and in my last few semesters at Lansdale School of Business. I can not wait to finally finish and be out there in the medical field. It has been a bumpy road but everything is possible as long as I keep myself motivated to do so.
- When I was in high school, you came once a week to talk with the pregnant and parenting teens. I have learned so many things from you. I enjoyed so many different programs when I was a teen involved with CHC. After high school I attended Bucks County Community College for interpersonal psychology emphasis. I attended full time for my first year and a half then my parents moved to Florida so I attended school part time.
Well guess what, I'm finally going to graduate this summer! I cant wait to find my path to working with pregnant and parenting teens the way you helped me. Being a teen mom was very hard, but I got through it. My daughter is now 14 and in 8th grade. Time really does fly. I have tears in my eyes as I'm writing to you. Thank you so much for everything you taught me and I hope I can do as good of a job helping teens the way you did with me and still do with others.
- I am a teen mother who went through child home and community and loved it. I would like to volunteer to help girls that are in my position going though everything, and wondering how I could help like you have helped me